A Guide To Desert Landscape
Perhaps when most people think of the desert, they only
think of broiling hot days, cacti, and dry heat. In truth, many
deserts are located in high terrain and the hottest of days can
actually turn into cool
nights. Many deserts also experience cold winters that can
include snow, and desert landscape gardens often
Gardens: The Hot And Cold
Because the desert can experience such a range of
temperature changes, desert landscape gardens needs to be hardy
enough to tolerate heat as well as cold. Evergreen shrubs and
trees survive well in high terrain deserts, because they
withstand the heat and tolerate cold. Many cactus plants are
also cold hardy. This surprises many people, because they think
of cactus as hot area plants.
If you have a home in the desert and want to do some desert
landscape gardens around your house the best place to buy your
plants is from a local nursery. Often big box garden retailers
have their plants ordered by someone in their regional office.
This person often doesn’t understand the complexities of desert
weather and orders plants that might not do well in your yard.
Ordering plants from a local nursery or choosing landscaping
that is locally grown ensures that you will get plants that
will thrive and grow in your desert landscape gardens.
Gardens: Water With Care
If you stick to plants that are native to the area in which
you live, watering your yard shouldn’t be an issue. However, if
you want to grow flowers, vegetables, or other plants that
don’t normally grow in the desert, you need to make sure that
you provide a source of water to your desert landscape gardens.
Before you design your desert yard, check with your local
authorities to make sure that there are no watering
restrictions in your city or county. Once you have established
how much water you want to spare on your yard each month, come
up with a watering plan. Do you want to water by hand? The
easiest way to water your lawn and garden is with a timed
sprinkler system. If you plant grass set your timer to go off
in the early morning hours, so that the water can seep into
your ground before the sun rises and causes it to evaporate.
Choose a drip irrigation system to water your shrubs and ground
covers and you will see minimal waste.
If you want to cut back on the amount of watering your
desert landscape gardens requires, fill your yard with gravel
or rocks instead of grass. This low maintenance alternative to
grass looks attractive in a desert setting. One caveat to rocks
is that light colored gravel will reflect the sun’s heat,
causing your yard to seem even hotter each afternoon.